The process of leaving UD was agonizing, but Hill said: “It made me stronger and put a chip on my shoulder to prove to everybody I can play at this level.”
The Grizzlies have made four straight postseason trips, including NCAA berths in 2010 and ’11. They play in the Summit League but have been lobbying to join the Horizon League as a replacement for Butler.
UD coach Archie Miller said the Flyers’ Josh Benson, who suffered a torn knee ligament Dec. 30 and missed the second half of last season, is ahead of schedule in his recovery. The starting senior forward has been shooting and weight-lifting without restrictions.
Miller said the Flyers will start a home-and-away series with Illinois State this year at UD Arena.
The Redbirds have made four NIT trips in the last five years. They went 21-14 last season and are expected to be one of the top teams in the Missouri Valley Conference this year.
The Flyers prefer to reserve series games for BCS foes, but Miller pointed out having VCU and Butler join the Atlantic 10 this year has already given UD’s schedule an unexpected boost.